Photo Filming Opportunity – Tyne Tunnel 2K Velocity Race Night

What: The chance to capture the fastest wheelchair race in the world through the northbound Tyne Tunnel, featuring Paralympians David ‘The Weirwolf’ Weir, from Great Britain, and Canada’s Josh Cassidy.

The wheelchair race is followed by a brand new concept in bicycle racing, Velocity, which will see more than 100 cyclists compete in a mass elimination, drag-style series of races through the vehicle tunnel.

When: Friday 13th September 2013. The wheelchair race will commence at 8.30pm. The Velocity cycling event will commence at 9.00pm. The Velocity final is expected to take place at midnight.

Where: The northbound Tyne Tunnel toll plaza. Car parking is available off Tyne View Terrace in Howdon Yard car park. For broadcast vehicles locations will be identified close to the toll plaza. Please get in touch to confirm positions available.

Special Guests: The Minister for Disabled People, the Right Hon. Esther McVey;

Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson;

The Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn;

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Cllr. Ernest Gibson;

Plus eight Paralympians competing in Tunnel 2K, including David Weir, Josh Cassidy, Richard Colman and local athlete Jade Jones from Teesside.

Other Information: To accommodate this adrenaline packed event, the northbound Tyne vehicle tunnel will be closed overnight, between 8.30pm on Friday 13th September and 6.00am on Saturday 14th September 2013. During this period the southbound vehicle tunnel will operate bi-directionally, offering one lane for traffic in each direction.

Interviews will be available with race winners, race promoters, and special guests.

Tickets  are still available for this event via http://velocitystreetracing.com/ at a price of £5 each.

Contact:  Tamsin Greulich, TT2 Communications, 0191 259 8186 t.greulich@tt2.co.uk

David Burdus, Tunnel 2K wheelchair race promoter, +44 7980 887 861, david@burdus.com

Phil Gray, Velocity cycle race promoter,  +44 7803 926 697, phil@totalracingint.com

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and 2 axles
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